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SPIE Professional July 2012

SPIE Adding Earliest Papers to SPIE Digital Library

Extensive research resource on optics and photonics also to get new look

Logo for SPIE DLApproximately 40,000 technical papers dating from 1962 through 1989 are being added to the existing content in the SPIE Digital Library over the summer.

The addition of SPIE conference proceedings and journal articles that were previously available only in print extends the digital collection to the beginning of the society’s publishing program.

The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive research resource on optics and photonics, with more than 335,000 technical papers and more than 160 SPIE Press eBooks. SPIE publishes approximately 18,000 new technical papers and 15-20 new books in the SPIE Digital Library each year.

“Over the years many subscribers have expressed a desire for SPIE to add this older content,” said Eric Pepper, SPIE director of publications. “Earlier articles are valuable resources and are often requested by researchers. We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet the demand for online access to this historically important material at no additional charge to subscribers.”

SPIE is also moving the library to a new online delivery platform via Silverchair Information Systems. The new site features a new look and improved search and topical browsing.

Among the material included in the SPIE Digital Library are papers by technology pioneers and visionaries:

  • Gordon Moore, cofounder of Intel and originator of the notion that chip capacity doubles about every two years, also known as Moore’s law
  • Nobel Laureates including laser pioneers Charles Hard Townes, Zhores Alferov, John L. Hall, and Alexander Prokhorov; fiber-optics and Internet developer William Boyle; and astronomer John Mather
  • Renowned inventors such as Theodore Maiman, who developed the first working laser, and Shuji Nakamura, who made the first mass-producible, high-brightness GaN LED

There are more than 50,000 cites to SPIE articles in the U.S. patent literature. The Proceedings of SPIE, which make up much of the SPIE Digital Library contents, recently ranked 17th among the 50,000 most-used journals in the bX Journal Popularity Report, which is based on the usage of millions of researchers from many different institutions around the world.

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4201207.05

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